5:56 PM EST, January 4, 2013
If Appalachian Power has its way, there could be new navigational buoys at Claytor Lake.
Appalachian Power has already submitted the so-called "Aid to Navigation Management Plan", and sent it off to the Federal Energy Regulating Commission.
Today, there are 39 other buoys spread around different parts of the 4,500 acre lake. Buoys that warn about 'no swimming, no wakes, no boating. There are also buoys that warn about rocks in the water.
The power company says it wants to start with 14 new navigational buoys in an area known as "little Wytheville." Why there?, because around there, boat rudders routinely get stuck in the shallow water and soft mud. When that happens, those boaters have to get towed out.
If all governing bodies at the local, state and federal levels approve, then sometime this Winter, the test area will get those 14 navigational buoys. I'm told they will be solar powered, so they can be seen at night. The 39 buoys on the lake right now, are not.
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